Jessica Abell Ordained at First Baptist, Denver

Rev. Tripp Hudgins preached the sermon, "Mountaintop Quandary."
Rev. Tripp Hudgins preached the sermon, “Mountaintop Quandary.”

Rev. Jessica Abell was ordained on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Denver, CO. FBCD is a member of the Evergreen Region of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Dr. Brian Henderson is their pastor. Rev. Abell has been serving as a ministerial associate for a year and will continue in her role. She is also a graduate of Church Divinity School of The Pacific, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union. Executive Minister of the Evergreen Region, Dr. Marcia Patton was present to confer the charge to the congregation and to witness the certification of Rev. Abell’s ordination to the Baptist ministry.

Our own Director of Admissions, Rev. Tripp Hudgins, was the preacher. You can read the full sermon here. This was his charge.

Be an extremist for Love.
Proclaim liberation to the captives
and the captors.
Live. Learn.
Join the throng in Denver
and Ferguson who are
Standing before the burning bush.
Stand on the mountain top
and in the intersection
and breathe deep with them, my friend.
Learn how to sing again. Retool. Create.
You will need to catch your breath,
take your time,
for it is the long game of God
that we call ministry.
Take courage. Be humble.
You will not see the end of it.
But you can participate
in God’s work in us.
You can call us
to God’s liberation.
Some will join you.
Some will not.
Some will even respond
violently to the call of liberation.
But you still must stand
for the ground you stand on
is holy. And you are
not alone. We are with you.

Rev. Abell is the first woman to be ordained by the congregation in FBC’s 150 year history.

Rev. Abell is presented with her certificate. Pictured here, left to right: Some Guy, Church Moderator; Dr. Brian Henderson, Pastor; Rev. Jessica Abell; Thomas Giles, Jessica's husband
Rev. Abell is presented with her certificate. Pictured here, left to right: Adam McGowen, Church Moderator; Dr. Brian Henderson, Pastor; Rev. Jessica Abell; and Thomas Giles, Jessica’s husband
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